The term, “my dad is my hero” is a common inspiration for gifts and cards on father’s day. My dad has always been someone very special to me, he taught me to listen (every time we would fight growing up he told me I wasn’t listening), how to make a good impression (he taught me how to build a wardrobe after my 10th grade grunge phase), to be professional (he gave me my first job in his dental office), think big (he has always encouraged me to own my own business), stay organized (he gave me my first binder to help organize my mutual fund paperwork), keep a routine (Every morning and goes for a ride around town and gets coffee and he always makes time to exercise), and much much more.
He has been a successful business man for 40 years, a leader in our local community, a mentor to so many of my peers as a coach, and wonderful husband and a great dad. He created a great life and lots of memories for my family through education and many wonderful trips together.
Last week my dad wasn’t just my hero, he was a real hero. He was golfing with his best buddy Bob when Bob had a sudden heart attack. Bob dropped to the ground and my dad followed his instincts and rolled him over and started CPR. My dad conducted CPR for a long time without giving up, he said he doesn’t even remember a lot of it. When the ambulance made its way over the creek at the golf course they were able to use a defibrillator before they rushed him to the hospital. Bob suffered from what is called a “widow maker” heart attack, it was a miracle that he survived and my dad was a big part of that miracle thank God! Only 6-8% of people survive after they have had CPR and most people have brain damage. Lucky for Bob he is going to make a quick recovery!
In honor of father’s day I wanted to share some fun family photos of my dad with me and my family. Happy Father’s Day Dad, I love you very much!